TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The USDA estimates 86 percent of Indiana's corn crop is planted.
Tippecanoe County farmer AJ Booher said he is finished planting, but he finished well outside of his deadline. However, he and Purdue Agronomy Professor Tony Vyn said there is still time for farmers.
Booher said the ideal deadline for planting corn is May 10. But because of April flooding many farmers ended behind that date.
Booher said finishing after the May 10 date could cause farmers to lose a bushel per acre per day for the rest of the season.
This week's rain will most likely push planting into June. Vyn said that is OK.
"We are not past the 'thou shall not plant corn any longer' deadline," Vyn said. "I think we will be able to plant through the middle of June."
"After May 30 you could lose two bushels per acre per day," Booher said.
Vyn said the rain could once again delay planting, but also hurt the seeds already in the ground.
"These ponding situations, if they persist for periods of two days, will actually result in death loss," Vyn said.
Booher said many area farmers are also finished with planting. However, he said there are fields near Indianapolis and west into Illinois that are only half planted.
The moisture and warm weather poses another problem to emerging corn. Vyn said the weeds are growing as quickly as the corn.
"We definitely want to have those windows of time when the soil conditions are dry enough to both apply the necessary fertilizer or finish that last application, and take care of any weed issues that might interfere with the growth of corn," Vyn said.
However, farmers said after last year's drought they are optimistic about any moisture this summer.
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